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Julien Guinand and his book project about the Kumano and Ashio mountains in Japan

March 19th, 2021 · No Comments · analogue photography, News, Photography, Photography Books, SilverFast

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. This idiom is also a metaphor for the added value of images over text alone. The photographer Julien Guinand uses the significance of photos and captures moments that testify to the human contribution to climate change and environmental pollution. In his book “Two Mountains” Guinand reports how the landscape of two mountains has been deformed by mankind.

The mountains of Kumano and Ashio in Japan have felt the power of human intervention for over a century.
Intensive forestry and mining operations have triggered deadly reactions on a massive scale, resulting in the relentless pursuit of technology, varying responses at a local level and a heightened awareness of the devastating ecological consequences.
Two mountains tells the wide ranging, fragmentary stories of both Kumano and Ashio through the photographs of Julien Guinand as he travelled across Japan between 2015 and 2018, interwoven with historical documents and texts that he collected while there. The photographs were taken on film and digitized with SilverFast software.

You can find more about Julien Guinand and his book project “Two Mountains” on his website: https://www.hatjecantz.de/.

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